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Police release close-up image of bullet used in 'barbaric' Derry shooting

Police have released images from the scene of the shooting of a 33-year-old man by four masked men which they described as "barbaric".

The incident took place in Lisfannon Park, Londonderry on Tuesday just after 9.30pm.

The 33-year-old was rushed to hospital after he was shot three times in the legs and once in the abdomen. His injuries were described as serious but not life threatening.

Police in Foyle condemned the incident as "barbaric".

Superintendent Gordon McCalmont said: “These images show the aftermath of the attack on this young man including a close-up of one of the bullets that was shot into his body. While his injuries have been described as non-life threatening the impact this will have on this man and his family cannot be underestimated.

“Our enquiries are still at an early stage however we do have a specific appeal to make around the movements of the victim’s car. We would really like to hear from anyone who was on Westland Street from around 9.20pm last night and saw a white Kia Sportage parked in the area. Did you see anyone approach the vehicle or notice anything suspicious that could help with our investigation?”

"Anyone with information can contact detectives on 101 quoting reference number 1346 08/08/17. Alternatively the Crimestoppers charity can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Posting on their Facebook page officers in Foyle said: "In today’s society how can anyone see this as anything else but barbaric? This isn’t justice. This is not the price our young people should have to pay because cowards in masks believe they have been wronged in some way."

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Sinn Fein MLA Karen Mullan also condemned the attack.

“The people of Bogside do not want these actions taking place on their streets," she said.

“Its clear those responsible have nothing to offer society and are at war with the community.

"There can be no justification for such actions and I would encourage anyone with information about this incident to bring it forward to the police.”

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A man has been shot four times by a gang of masked men in a paramilitary-style attack in Londonderry. Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 9th August 2017 Picture by Lorcan Doherty

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